MOOVIES #11 is a complete drive-in program, and this edition’s theme is
PSYCHOTRONIC SANTAS – which means our cinematic sack is overflowing with, uhh….stuff.
with 1936’s “Christmas Comes But Once a Year,” the only appearance of Prof.
Grampy without Betty Boop. He becomes the hero of the local orphanage when his
ingenious inventions give the kids a Christmas they’ll never forget.
Next up is
a short subject, “A Visit to Santa Claus,” where we learn that Mr. Claus’s HQ looks
suspiciously like a mid-‘60s suburban living room. He also employs some rather
blockbuster is 1964's “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” in which the titular aliens
abduct Santa and a pair of children and bring them to Mars; Martian kids have
been whining for Santa since seeing him on Earth TV. There are subplots and
countermeasures galore, including more kidnappings, mistaken identities,daring escapes, nefarious sabotage and lots more. Girmar is portrayed by 11-year-old Pia Zadora.
candy canes and eggnog at the snack bar, and then return for our straight-from-Mexico
(via K. Gordon Murray), second feature, 1959’s “Santa Claus.” Mr. Claus has ditched
the North Pole in favor of an outer space base of operations, and has a
disturbing habit of kidnapping children from around the world to work in his
toy factory. Eventually, he must battle Satan’s emissary Pitch, who has been
sent to make Earth’s children evil. Merlin the magician is also involved
somehow, and you’ll note that Santa’s HQ might have been designed by the crew
from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. This one’s also known as “Santa Claus vs. the Devil.”
coming by, and remember to hang your speaker in its proper location. Drive
safely, and watch out for reindeer droppings!